[si-duhk-shuh n]


an act or instance of seducing, especially sexually.
the condition of being seduced.
a means of seducing; enticement; temptation.

Also se·duce·ment [si-doos-muh nt, -dyoos-] /sɪˈdus mənt, -ˈdyus-/.

Origin of seduction

1520–30; < Latin sēductiōn- (stem of sēductiō) a leading aside, equivalent to sēduct(us) (past participle of sēdūcere to seduce) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of seduction

Historical Examples of seduction

  • His passion is so intense that he has no desire to paint her seduction as greater than it was.

  • Could begin the work of seduction—in honorable fashion, so to speak.

    Casanova's Homecoming

    Arthur Schnitzler

  • Their experience of sexual life makes them experts in the art of seduction.

  • When we give in or conform to this seduction we generate Sin.

  • If he couldn't get them by seduction, he meant to take them in a raid.

British Dictionary definitions for seduction



the act of seducing or the state of being seduced
a means of seduction
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Word Origin and History for seduction

1520s, from Middle French séduction, from Latin seductionem (nominative seductio), noun of action from past participle stem of seducere (see seduce). Originally with reference to actions or beliefs; sexual sense is from 1769, originally always with women as the objects. Earlier appearance of the word in Middle English with a sense "treason, treachery" probably is a confusion with sedition, which confusion also is found in Old French seducion "treason, betrayal."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper